• August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

    August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

    Made as part of PBS’s American Masters series, Pollard’s 2015 feature documentary was the first to be made about August Wilson, the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright who chronicled the Black experience in 20th-century America through a series of plays that stand as cultural touchstones. With his customarily thoughtful and candid approach, Pollard takes us through Wilson's life with rare interviews and remarkable access to Wilson’s archive, but his primary focus is on the writer’s art. Featuring excerpted performances and dramatic…

  • Asia

    Asia

    Asia (Alena Yiv) is the young single mother of the spirited teenager Vika (Shira Haas, the Emmy-nominated star of Netflix’s Unorthodox), a girl who spends her days at the skate park. Based in Israel, they are immigrants from Russia. They co-exist as roommates, barely interacting, and often clashing in their small home. But when Vika falls very ill, their relationship demands an overhaul. Asia, a nurse, can no longer treat her daughter like an acquaintance. Through the act of devoting…

  • Tahara

    Tahara

    This poignant and comic story traces the coming-of-age of two Jewish teenage girls—one white and straight, and the other Black and queer. Set in Rochester, NY, the film begins at the funeral service of their former Hebrew school classmate who suddenly commits suicide. A complicated romance unexpectedly arises as the best friends navigate their feelings about this tragedy and themselves, and try to make sense of their teacher’s well-meaning but misguided advice about grieving.


    Now playing in our Virtual Cinema until 1/17 as part of the 2021 New York Jewish Film Festival.

  • The Crossing

    The Crossing

    Adapted from a best-selling novel by Maja Lunde, this film tells the story of four Norwegian children on the run from the Nazis during a freezing December in 1942. 10-year-old Gerda is a bright, energetic girl who enjoys reading The Three Musketeers and bugging her older brother, Otto. But suddenly, before Christmas, her parents are arrested. It turns out that they are part of the resistance and have secretly been sheltering two Jewish kids in their basement. Now bound together…

  • Here We Are

    Here We Are

    Set in Israel, Nir Bergman’s warm and moving tale of parental devotion focuses on divorced dad Aharon (Shai Avivi), who has given up his artistic career to look after his autistic son Uri (Noam Imber). They live a quiet life, and as the boy reaches young adulthood, his mother decides that he needs to be placed in a boarding facility more equipped to cater to his needs. Resistant at first, Aharon runs away on a road trip with Uri. But…

  • The Hand

    The Hand

    Like In the Mood for Love, The Hand is set in the hazy Hong Kong of the 1960s, but its characters couldn’t be more different from the earlier film’s restrained, haunted lovers. Originally produced as part of the omnibus film Eros, The Hand—presented here in its extended cut for the first time—tells the tale of Zhang (Chang Chen), a shy tailor’s assistant enraptured by a mysterious client, Miss Hua (Gong Li). A hypnotic tale of obsession, repression, and class divisions,…

  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    Lost souls reach for human connection amid the glimmering nighttime world of Hong Kong in Wong’s neon-soaked nocturne. Originally conceived as a segment of Chungking Express only to spin off on its own woozy axis, Fallen Angels plays like the dark, moody flip side to Wong’s breakout feature as it charts the subtly interlacing fates of a handful of urban loners, including a coolly detached hitman (Leon Lai) looking to go straight, his business partner (Michelle Reis) who secretly yearns…

  • As Tears Go By

    As Tears Go By

    Wong’s scintillating debut feature is a hyper-cool crime thriller with flashes of the impressionistic, daydream visual style for which he would become renowned. Set amid Hong Kong’s neon-lit gangland underworld, this operatic saga of ambition, honor, and revenge stars Andy Lau as a small-time mob enforcer who finds himself torn between a burgeoning romance with his ailing cousin (Maggie Cheung, in the first of her iconic collaborations with Wong) and his loyalty to his loose-cannon partner in crime (Jacky Cheung)…

  • 2046

    2046

    In Wong’s future-set 2046 (a loose continuation of Days of Being Wild and In the Mood for Love), the titular number is many things at once—the year when mainland China assumes absolute control of Hong Kong; the number of the hotel room across from that of Mr. Chow (Tony Leung), inhabited by a parade of women he pursues and abandons; and the name of the mysterious place where disappointed lovers escape to in Chow’s erotic science-fiction novel. Wong’s concentration and…

  • Nasir

    Nasir

    A day-in-the-life portrait expands into something else entirely in this patient yet ultimately startling sophomore breakthrough from Tamil filmmaker Arun Karthick. Based on a short story by Dilip Kumar, Nasir takes place in Coimbatore, a town in Tamil Nadu, where a small Muslim community lives alongside the Hindu population. Nasir (Koumarane Valavane) is a Muslim family man struggling to make ends meet for his wife and their mentally challenged nephew who lives with them. He makes a small wage working…

  • Kala azar

    Kala azar

    Appropriately for a film about the unspoken connection between humans and animals, Kala azar seems to invent a new cinematic language. Set in a desolate, perhaps post-apocalyptic landscape in which people and their dogs, cats, and fish live together in a kind of liminal state, Greek director Janis Rafa’s first film, a top prizewinner at this year’s Rotterdam International Film Festival, surveys the grim but matter-of-fact day-to-day lives of a young, unfettered couple who work for a crematorium service. As…

  • The Cloud in Her Room

    The Cloud in Her Room

    Winner of the top prize at this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam, this mesmerizing debut feature from Chinese filmmaker Zheng Lu Xinyuan is an autobiographically tinged portrait of 22-year-old Muzi (Jin Jing), a young woman drifting through her days and nights after returning to her hometown to celebrate the New Year with her parents, and unable to let go of her past. With gorgeously monochrome photography, the director finds seemingly endless new ways to capture the dawns and twilights, the…